Fernando Zóbel

Birth placeManila, Philippines Birth date1924

The artist encounters in the use of line and movement the adequate technique to convey universal themes through an image. Combining the Western pictorial technique with Asian artistic tradition, the artist begins a journey towards abstract representation. In one of his best world-known series, Saetas (1957-1959) the weight of Chinese calligraphy in his work is distinctly visible. Zóbel himself emphasizes how experiencing Rothko’s paintings and Pollock’s brush technique became a turning point in his mature artistic career.

Institutions like the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Museum in Manila or even, the British Museum include among their wide collections several of Fernando Zóbel’s compositions. The role he took over as patron of abstract Spanish art is also relevant: for instance, in 1966 he founded, together with Gustavo Torneo and Gerardo Rueda, the Museum of Abstract Spanish Art in Cuenca. In 1980 the artist decided to donate his entire collection to the Juan March Foundation.

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